2014-15 for Cara Mia Theatre

North Texas' acclaimed Latino theater company announces a full season of new works, regional premieres and a collaboration with Dallas Theater Center.

published Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Photo: Courtesy
David Lozano

Dallas — The 2014-15 season for Cara Mía Theatre Company has been announced, and frankly, it's the kind of season we've been waiting for since this company reemerged on the scene in 2009. Meaning, it's a full season. (Previous seasons have had two or three productions.)

The season includes regional premieres of works by important Latino playwrights Octavio Solis and Jose Rivera, plus the only Chicano musical to ever appear on Broadway, Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit. The season is bookedended by collaborations with other theaters, kicking off in October with the sand show, an original collaboration with Prism Co., and closing with the first public workshop of the second installment of the Dreamers series, in partnership with Dallas Theater Center. The Solis play, Lydia, was already announced as part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center's new Elevator Project series.

"Next season marks a major transition for Cara Mía Theatre Co.," writes David Lozano, Executive Artistic Director, in the news release. " It will be a major turning point for us not only because we are producing the first five-play season in Cara Mía's history but because a total of four resident artistic ensemble members including myself will be directing some of the most exciting plays in the U.S. Latino canon. I am proud that as Cara Mía continues to mature as an organization, we continue to experiment, collaborate intensely, and give new talent the opportunities to create and produce."

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Here's the breakdown of the season, with dates and descriptions:


the sand show

A Collaboration with Prism Co.

Written and Directed by Jeffrey Colangelo

October 17 - November 2, 2014


Trinity Groves Warehouse

500 Singleton Blvd.

Dallas, Texas 725212


From Cara Mía's newest addition to the resident ensemble and Prism Co's co-founder, Jeffrey Colangelo directs members from and Prism Co. join and Cara Mía Theatre Co. to create a unique movement-based performance about the quest to find and revive the ancient Aztec deity Tezcatlipoca. Archaeologists dig and ravage through hallowed land in Mexico, but when they come across sacred sand beings that seek to bring Tezcatlipoca's destructive nature back to the surface of the earth, do they preserve the rituals they religiously studied or do they go down fighting?

A World Premiere


Zoot Suit

Written by Luis Valdez

Music and Lyric by Daniel Valdez and Lalo Guerrero

Directed by Rodney Garza and Ariana Cook

December 6 - 21, 2014


Latino Cultural Center

2600 Live Oak

Dallas, Texas 75204


Directed by a member of El Teatro Campesino's 25th Anniversary National Tour, Rodney Garza, Zoot Suit is based on events surrounding the real-life trial of 17 wrongly convicted Mexican - American youths for the murder of José Gallardo Diaz. Zoot Suit, a high energy thought provoking musical, opening on young Henry Reyna's final night before joining the Navy. A night of fun and freedom turn into horror as he and his gang are accused of murder. Held without bail and despite sufficient evidence, Henry is wrongfully convicted and sent to prison. Premiering on Broadway in 1978, the musical has since been toured nationally and adapted into a feature film. Zoot Suit has become a cultural staple about the lives of Mexican Americans in barrios of Los Angeles set against the backdrop of the Zoot Suit Riots and the rumblings of World War II.

A Regional Premiere



References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot

By José Rivera

Directed by Ruben Carrazana

February 21 - March 7, 2015


Latino Cultural Center

2600 Live Oak

Dallas, Texas 75204

On a moonlit July night in Barstow, California, strange, seductive things can happen, especially if you talk to the moon, which is portrayed as an aging, violin-playing dandy in a Panama hat and white suit. Don't expect any literal answers from José Rivera's surreal romance in which love, lust and longing mix it up, bewitching a twenty-seven year-old housewife awaiting the return of her soldier-husband from overseas. Company member Ruben Carrazana makes his directorial debut.

Photo: Robert Hart
Jeffrey Colangelo

A Regional Premiere




By Ocavio Solis

Directed by David Lozano

April 4 - May 19, 2015


Wyly Theatre

2400 Flora Street

Dallas, Texas 75201

Set in the 1970s on the Texas border separating the United States and Mexico, Lydia is an intense, lyrical, and magical new play. The Flores family welcomes Lydia, an undocumented maid, into their El Paso home to care for their daughter Ceci, who was tragically disabled in a car accident on the eve of her quinceañera, her fifteenth birthday. Lydia's immediate and seemingly miraculous bond with the girl sets the entire family on a mysterious and shocking journey of discovery. Lydia is an unflinching and deeply emotional portrait of a Mexican immigrant family caught in a web of dark secrets. Lydia is presented as part of AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project.

A Regional Premiere



The Dallas Theater Center and Cara Mía Theatre Co. present

The Dreamers: Deferred Action

By David Lozano and Lee Trull

Directed by David Lozano

June 19 - 28, 2015


Latino Cultural Center

2600 Live Oak

Dallas, Texas 75204


The second installment of Cara Mía's trilogy on immigration, The Dreamers: Deferred Action focuses on undocumented youth called Dreamers who are caught between existing immigration laws, Presidential policies and the harsh reality of living in the shadows. Years after arriving in the United States as undocumented minors, many believe that policies like President Obama's Deferred Action will address their needs. But is this policy all it is set out to be? Is the US political system what it claims to be? Are the political allies of these undocumented youth truly allies? The Dreamers: Deferred Action follows the lives, loopholes, and dangers of those who dare to dream.

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